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Discussion in 'Multihulls' started by oldsailor7, Jul 22, 2009.

  1. bruceb
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    bruceb Senior Member

    Fred, a little add on to my post. When I leave and return to my marina, it is almost always under power, due to the prevailing wind. Heading out is mostly dead up wind with very little tacking room so often motoring out and then raising the sails is the only safe option. If I were single handing, I would have a jib rolled on the furler and the main with lazy jacks ready to go up. I would use the autopilot to hold the boat into the wind while I raised the main, then shut down the engine. I had to reverse the process coming back in as there is not enough space to turn and stop the Buc when it is under sail. My main is larger than yours - a tall fat head with full battens, so it probably has more drag and might need more power. My auto pilot needs a few knots forward speed to keep the boat under control, so that is what I based my engine needs on. The 4hp could motor at over 6kts with the sails down and smooth water, but could not maintain enough speed forward into 15-18 kts of wind and waves with the main up. I used a 3.5 hp to push the boat around the marina in light air, but it could not hold the bow into the wind even in fairly modest wind. Any location that has any current would also up the needs. A 5 or 6hp will give you a max speed of 6.8-7.1 kts with a comfortable cruise of just over 6 kts in most conditions while burning about half a gallon an hour. I usually used a 3 gallon remote tank.
    Bruce
     
  2. freddyj
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    freddyj Senior Member

    Good info. Thanks
     

  3. freddyj
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    freddyj Senior Member

    Bruce! I redrilled my rudder pivot one inch back. What a difference! It's like having power steering. Very light rudder today in 10 mph breeze.
     
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